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Three Things to Know for Effective Preaching and Teaching

“I’ve been set up!” That was my first thought as I listened to the conference speaker right before meOrdination present his message. The more I listened to this very skilled and experienced minister speak the more I prayed for the Holy Spirit to intervene.

Not only did I need to hold the audience’s attention right after lunch when their bellies were full and their eyelids heavy, but I had to follow an awesome presentation on public speaking. Dr. Don Struble did a magnificent job of presenting how to engage an audience as well as what not to do when speaking in public.

How we as ministers present is important. No one enjoys listening to a boring or monotone speaker. Things like voice inflection, using props like PowerPoint and body language is important. Not only would I encourage everyone to follow Dr. Don’s advice and join Toastmasters to learn public speaking skills, but I may join myself to increase my skills.

However, just having good public speaking skills does not mean that we will be effective when we preach and teach. Our delivery must be coupled with the following three things if we want to be effective at communicating.

  1. What is God’s message? This seems basic, but we cannot overlook the depth and importance of seeking the Lord about what He wants to convey. This requires us to be open to what the Holy Spirit wants to convey and how He wants to communicate it.
  2. The message must connect to people’s everyday experience. It is easy for preachers, counselors and would be theologians to speak a language that the average person cannot understand or relate with.
  3. What action needs to be taken? Wrapping up a good message with a clear call to action is critical. I always think of John the Baptist when he instructed his listeners to produce fruit in keeping with repentance, or Peter when he told people to repent and be baptized at the end of his message.  

We will be discussing how to apply these things in our preaching, teaching and counseling on our monthly conference call. If you have an experience like mine that you would like to share feel free to post it below.

If you have a specific question you would like discussed in the conference call or in the blog post it below.

Chat with you soon,

Dr. David M. Smuin

President

www.NCCChurch.org

@DaveSmuin

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Guest - Sandra Scott on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:06

I agree with those who commented on leaving room for the Holy Spirit to speak. Many times He has something more important to say than what we have prepared. I had a unique experience where that happened to me. I had three sessions to speak at a women's conference... a Friday night, Saturday morning, with a wrap-up session after lunch. After my Saturday morning session, I began looking over my notes to get ready for the session after lunch. But something felt off. I couldn't think. So I went home to re-group and try to put my thoughts together. I needed to bring all the previous information together and bring a closing to the conference, but I couldn't focus. It was like my mind just decided to check out. I began to panic. I had no idea what I was going to say. It's not like I hadn't spent weeks preparing. But at this point, I lost it. All I could do was pray. And that's when I heard the Holy Spirit speak quietly to my spirit. Basically, He told me not to worry, He had it covered. So I got off my knees and calmly gathered up the piles of notes and diagrams that I had strewn all over my house. I did a few dishes and with a peaceful heart, I returned to the conference... totally blank, not knowing what was going to happen next... and it was okay. So I just showed up. I told the assistants to take the white board off the stage. And I waited. What came out of my mouth was nothing short of a miracle. I have never shared my heart like I did that afternoon. The love I had for those women and their lives was supernatural. My message was not anything I ever would have dreamed of sharing. It was a day to remember. Now, I know that no matter what situation God leads me into, I can always count on the Holy Spirit to show up if I give Him room. He is amazing and I was given a front row seat that day to His power and love.

I agree with those who commented on leaving room for the Holy Spirit to speak. Many times He has something more important to say than what we have prepared. I had a unique experience where that happened to me. I had three sessions to speak at a women's conference... a Friday night, Saturday morning, with a wrap-up session after lunch. After my Saturday morning session, I began looking over my notes to get ready for the session after lunch. But something felt off. I couldn't think. So I went home to re-group and try to put my thoughts together. I needed to bring all the previous information together and bring a closing to the conference, but I couldn't focus. It was like my mind just decided to check out. I began to panic. I had no idea what I was going to say. It's not like I hadn't spent weeks preparing. But at this point, I lost it. All I could do was pray. And that's when I heard the Holy Spirit speak quietly to my spirit. Basically, He told me not to worry, He had it covered. So I got off my knees and calmly gathered up the piles of notes and diagrams that I had strewn all over my house. I did a few dishes and with a peaceful heart, I returned to the conference... totally blank, not knowing what was going to happen next... and it was okay. So I just showed up. I told the assistants to take the white board off the stage. And I waited. What came out of my mouth was nothing short of a miracle. I have never shared my heart like I did that afternoon. The love I had for those women and their lives was supernatural. My message was not anything I ever would have dreamed of sharing. It was a day to remember. Now, I know that no matter what situation God leads me into, I can always count on the Holy Spirit to show up if I give Him room. He is amazing and I was given a front row seat that day to His power and love.
Guest - Barbara O'Kane on Monday, 19 November 2012 00:31

I enjoyed the conference call on this topic on Thursday night. It struck me as a call to humility and to love in our working with people. It is a reminder that is always needed as we can as mere humans lose sight of others' point of view.

I enjoyed the conference call on this topic on Thursday night. It struck me as a call to humility and to love in our working with people. It is a reminder that is always needed as we can as mere humans lose sight of others' point of view.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Sunday, 18 November 2012 01:01

I do think it is important to know your audience. But I also think it is important to know ourselves. I have not given a sermon, but I have spoken publicly, taught and now counsel. As a Supine, it is hard for me to say no, but I need to know what gifts God has given me and allow myself to be put where I can make the most impact. Some are called to preach, some to teach, some to counsel, etc. I find that by asking God to lead me, He puts me in situations where I can deliver His message. I will be honest and say that as a new Minister, it is a struggle to balance the sense of obligation and be in situations where my gifts are. I would enjoy hearing feedback from others on this.

I do think it is important to know your audience. But I also think it is important to know ourselves. I have not given a sermon, but I have spoken publicly, taught and now counsel. As a Supine, it is hard for me to say no, but I need to know what gifts God has given me and allow myself to be put where I can make the most impact. Some are called to preach, some to teach, some to counsel, etc. I find that by asking God to lead me, He puts me in situations where I can deliver His message. I will be honest and say that as a new Minister, it is a struggle to balance the sense of obligation and be in situations where my gifts are. I would enjoy hearing feedback from others on this.
Guest - Barry on Friday, 16 November 2012 03:02

When I prep a sermon I think about sitting and listening to the message, my audience is seated for an hour on metal seats. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide my point in scripture, but make it relevant to the men I'm speaking to. At first I worried that I wouldn't be able to do this because other than my 24 hours of incarceration at 18 years of age, I have no way to relate to their situation. It wasn't until about a year into preaching that I began to realize I didn't need to relate to their specific situation, God was relating the message instead of me anyway.

I've personally found that preaching in a similar fashion as Paul wrote I have the most success. Preaching from a point of vulnerability in my flesh, but the absolutes of scripture. I give them just enough of my story to show them how God brought me a renewed life, and that He will do it for them as well IF they choose follow.

Recently I was asked by one of the correctional officers if I have ever had any disturbances in my messages. After almost 5 years I have not. The guard looked at me so confussed. I told him it's all in His hands and the guard said Amen. I thanked God that afternoon for standing beside me all these years, because I don't have the skills needed.

When I prep a sermon I think about sitting and listening to the message, my audience is seated for an hour on metal seats. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide my point in scripture, but make it relevant to the men I'm speaking to. At first I worried that I wouldn't be able to do this because other than my 24 hours of incarceration at 18 years of age, I have no way to relate to their situation. It wasn't until about a year into preaching that I began to realize I didn't need to relate to their specific situation, God was relating the message instead of me anyway. I've personally found that preaching in a similar fashion as Paul wrote I have the most success. Preaching from a point of vulnerability in my flesh, but the absolutes of scripture. I give them just enough of my story to show them how God brought me a renewed life, and that He will do it for them as well IF they choose follow. Recently I was asked by one of the correctional officers if I have ever had any disturbances in my messages. After almost 5 years I have not. The guard looked at me so confussed. I told him it's all in His hands and the guard said Amen. I thanked God that afternoon for standing beside me all these years, because I don't have the skills needed.
Guest - Tina Smith on Friday, 16 November 2012 02:52

It's amazing. I was just thinking of the subject of making my lesson relevant to the ladies tomorrow. I am aware that they have different backgrounds than mine and come from different cultures, so I need to make sure that I, not only grab their attention, but meet their needs where they are (I am interning at a women's facility). I actually brought in visuals to help clarify the subject of "The Tongue" last week. The Lord is stretching me and teaching me to be relevant in "their world." Thank you for the tips!

It's amazing. I was just thinking of the subject of making my lesson relevant to the ladies tomorrow. I am aware that they have different backgrounds than mine and come from different cultures, so I need to make sure that I, not only grab their attention, but meet their needs where they are (I am interning at a women's facility). I actually brought in visuals to help clarify the subject of "The Tongue" last week. The Lord is stretching me and teaching me to be relevant in "their world." Thank you for the tips!
Guest - Heather on Friday, 16 November 2012 01:43

This morning my husband and I were talking how a good storyteller can help spread the word. If people can connect to the story chancses are the lesson will remain with them. This we in our small group we discussed the call to action being provable and measurable.

This morning my husband and I were talking how a good storyteller can help spread the word. If people can connect to the story chancses are the lesson will remain with them. This we in our small group we discussed the call to action being provable and measurable.
Guest - DiAnna Moore on Friday, 16 November 2012 01:26

I have wondered about using a sermon more than once. Should we be saving them to reuse? Is it still possible for that to be a fresh word from God?

I have wondered about using a sermon more than once. Should we be saving them to reuse? Is it still possible for that to be a fresh word from God?
Guest - Larry Gregory on Thursday, 15 November 2012 19:34

I have not done a sermon yet. I have given public speaks when asked.

I have not done a sermon yet. I have given public speaks when asked.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:38

I have always been taught,"to make a topic reasonate, make it personal". As leaders in churches and organizations how can we achieve this, without sharing too much of ourselves? In my opinion, learning from shared experiences is very beneficial. I just want to protect the feelings of my family and friends.

I have always been taught,"to make a topic reasonate, make it personal". As leaders in churches and organizations how can we achieve this, without sharing too much of ourselves? In my opinion, learning from shared experiences is very beneficial. I just want to protect the feelings of my family and friends.
Guest - Lorella Rouster on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:57

I agree that the call to action is very necessary & a part that is too frequently overlooked. When I train teachers, I teach that every lesson should end with an Application, which is a call to action for the saved student, & an Invitation, which is a call to repentance for the unsaved student. We do not teach just to impart correct doctrine or information, much less just to entertain our audience or make them feel good. We teach to help facilitate change in lives.
It's very disconcerting for me personally when I hear someone teach or preach, but at the end I walk away asking myself, "What were they really getting at?" or "What did they really want me to do?"

I agree that the call to action is very necessary & a part that is too frequently overlooked. When I train teachers, I teach that every lesson should end with an Application, which is a call to action for the saved student, & an Invitation, which is a call to repentance for the unsaved student. We do not teach just to impart correct doctrine or information, much less just to entertain our audience or make them feel good. We teach to help facilitate change in lives. It's very disconcerting for me personally when I hear someone teach or preach, but at the end I walk away asking myself, "What were they really getting at?" or "What did they really want me to do?"
Guest - Dr. Carol Martin on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:56

It has been my experience that the best lessons I teach, is something that the Holy Spirit has taken me personally through to teach me first. Most of those lessons are hard, but once learned, easy to convey in my teachings. Perhaps with any spiritual growth, we just want to share.

It has been my experience that the best lessons I teach, is something that the Holy Spirit has taken me personally through to teach me first. Most of those lessons are hard, but once learned, easy to convey in my teachings. Perhaps with any spiritual growth, we just want to share.
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